The complete guide to the entire Sierra NevadaThe Sierra Nevada is one of the most scenic, biologically diverse, and historically rich mountain ranges in North America. Touring the Sierra Nevada covers the entire range and its adjacent regions, exploring the Sierra Nevada from such world-famous sites as Lake Tahoe and Yosemite to picturesque mining towns, scenic alpine lakes, lush vineyards, and colorful hidden byways. Koehler offers suggestions for long tours and exciting daytrips, as well as detailed information about the history, geology, flora and fauna, economy, and unique features of places along the way. The book is illustrated with photographs and maps of the regions she describes. Koehler includes excursions for automobile travelers as well as backcountry adventures for hikers. She provides information about attractions in the Sierra’s two “jumping-off” cities, Sacramento and Reno, as well as in some of the major towns within the range. There is practical advice about contacting parks, museums, historical sites, visitors’ bureaus, U.S. Forest Service offices, and other agencies; finding lodging, campgrounds, and restaurants along the way; preparing for weather and altitude changes; and identifying further sources of information about the region in published guides and other books, as well as on websites. Koehler offers her readers the literary companionship of an experienced, charming, and vivacious guide through one of America’s most fascinating regions.
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About the Author
Cheryl Koehler is a journalist and freelance writer who has worked for several Northern California newspapers. She is the editor and publisher of Edible East Bay. She lives in Oakland, California.
Table of ContentsContents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Know Before You Go Weather and Climate Some Cautionary Advice 1 Revelations on Interstate 80 Through the Golden Gate to Sacramento Gold Run to Dutch Flat Emigrant Gap Donner Pass Mount Judah Donner Lake Truckee A Side Trip from Truckee on Highway 89 Reno Practical Matters 2 Tahoe Da ow a ga Southwest Shore West Shore A Side Trip Down the Lower Truckee River North Shore East Shore and the Carson Range South Shore Practical Matters 3 Central Sierra Crossings Early Sierra Crossings U.S. 50: The Johnson Cut-Off Highway 88 Through Carson Pass East Carson River Country Highway 4 Through Ebbetts Pass Highway 108 Through Sonora Pass Practical Matters 4 U.S. 395: Mono County Antelope Valley and the West Walker River Bridgeport Valley Bodie State Historic Park Into the Mono Basin June Lake Loop The Lands of the Long Valley Caldera Convict Lake Rock Creek and Little Lakes Valley Practical Matters 5 U.S. 395: Owens Valley Ice Age Owens Valley Down the Sherwin Grade Bishop Bishop to Big Pine From Big Pine to Independence Manzanar National Historic Site Lone Pine and Surrounds Owens Lake Fossil Falls Practical Matters 6 The Southernmost Sierra From Tehachapi Pass to Isabella Lake Around Isabella Lake Highway 178 Through Walker Pass The Kern Plateau and Route 41 Practical Matters 7 The High Sierra Highway 198 to Sequoia National Park Kings Canyon National Park Along the John Muir Trail The High Sierra of the San Joaquin River Practical Matters 8 Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley Tioga Road Highway 120--Big Oak Flat Entrance Highway 140--Arch Rock Entrance Wawona Road to the South Entrance Practical Matters 9 Gold Country: A Tour on Highway 49 The California Gold Rush: A Brief History Mariposa County Tuolumne County Calaveras County Amador County Wine Country Tour El Dorado County Gold and Wine Placer County Western Nevada County Sierra County Sierra Valley Practical Matters 10 The Lost Sierra Portola Lakes Basin Recreation Area Plumas-Eureka State Park Blairsden to Quincy Quincy and Surrounds Indian Valley North Fork Feather River Lake Oroville Heart of the Lost Sierra Practical Matters 11 Topics of Interest to Sierra Travelers A Primer on Sierra Conifers My Favorite Fauna Thoughts on Sierra Geology Plant and Animal Names Appendix Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very thorough coverage of the Sierra Nevada area primarily for those touring in vehicles. This book is well organized and it is easy to focus on particular subjects or areas of interest.